TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama softball opened its home schedule with a bang Friday afternoon, as a two-run home run by senior third baseman Peyton Grantham ignited a 5-1 victory against Georgia State.
It was No. 10 Alabama’s first game in the Easton Bama Bash at Rhoads Stadium. The Crimson Tide (7-1) were slated to play No. 9 Florida State later Friday, and three more times over the weekend, weather permitting.
Georgia State opened the scoring with an unearned run in the second inning due to a throwing error off a bunt-single. Alabama counted in the bottom half of the inning when sophomore Gabby Callaway singled to center off an 0-2 pitch and Grantham put the second pitch she saw over the left-field wall for a two-run home run.
The Panthers (5-8) nearly tied it up only to see a senior shortstop Sydney Booker knock down a drive up the middle for a single and threw out a runner at the plate. Alabama subsequently broke the game open with three runs in the bottom of the inning keyed by a two-run double down the third-base line by Callaway.
She went 2-for-3, but Alabama was out-hit 8-6 in the game.
Freshman right-hander Madison Preston (2-0) gave up just her second run of the season, although both have been unearned. She threw a complete game, with two walks and two strikeouts. She threw 100 pitches over the seven innings.
Sophomore Mallory Parson (0-1) took the loss for the Panthers, who used three pitchers.
Earlier Friday, Florida State and Georgia State both defeated Northern Iowa, 9-0 and 3-1, respectively.
On Saturday, Alabama is scheduled to play Northern Iowa at 2:30 p.m. ET, followed by Florida State again. However, rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast.
This story will be updated.
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